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Patience Means Peace: 21 Inspiring Quotes to Awaken Your Serenity

Patience Means Peace (Ocean)

Patience may not sound sexy, fun, or trendy, but this powerful quality can bring about the most profound inner peace.

Imagine what it would feel like to be imperturbable.   Envision yourself with a serene heart that meets chaos with understanding.  This would be the outcome of cultivating patience.

Patience may seem impossible at first.  Let’s face it, the twists and turns of modern life can, at times, confound even strong souls.

But every moment of patience rewards you with a moment of peace.  Keep with it and like a tumble weed, your sense of humor, space, and ease will expand exponentially until finally very little disturbs you at all.

Here are some of my favorite quotes to help you (and me) nourish patience and all its marvelous companion qualities too.

21 Inspiring Quotes to Inspire Patience, Peace, and Perseverance

  1. “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” ― Molière
  2. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  3. “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
  4. “Patience is power.
    Patience is not an absence of action;
    rather it is “timing”
    it waits on the right time to act,
    for the right principles
    and in the right way.”  ― Fulton J. Sheen
  5. “Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho
  6. “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
  7. “Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.” – Michel de Montaigne
  8. “Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they.” –  Leonardo da Vinci
  9. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – William Shakespeare, Othello
  11. “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller
  12. “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” – Paulo Coelho
  13. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” –  Saint Francis de Sales
  14. “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller
  15. “I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”  ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
  16. “Patience gives your spouse permission to be human. It understands that everyone fails. When a mistake is made, it chooses to give them more time that they deserve to correct it. It gives you the ability to hold on during the rough times in your relationship rather than bailing out under the pressure.”  ― Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare
  17. “This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
  18. “Try looking at your mind as a wayward puppy that you are trying to paper train. You don’t drop-kick a puppy into the neighbor’s yard every time it piddles on the floor. You just keep bringing it back to the newspaper.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  19. “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.”  ― David G. Allen
  20. “The first lesson to learn is to resign oneself to the little difficulties in life, not to hit out at everything one comes up against. If one were able to manage this one would not need to cultivate great power; even one’s presence would be healing.” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan
  21. “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ― Rumi

I must confess my tendency to impatience.  I like things to happen quickly.  For example, when I’m ready to go, I want to go.

At the same time, I’ve seen the way impatience spoils a personal interaction in a flash, triggering anything from feeling out-of-sorts to frustration to full blown fights.  Impatience leads no where positive, that’s for sure.

I’ve been working on patience with my whole heart for awhile, but still have a ways to go.  I would like to develop all the magical qualities associated with patience, who wouldn’t!

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  1. I love the quote by Fulton J. Sheen Sandra because it speaks so loudly to me!

    I can be impulsive and have lived to regret my impulsive ways a times. Over the past few years I’ve been training myself to be a little more measured, and a little more reflective, making sure I’ve waited for inspired action, and acting less from impulse.

    Still got some way to go! 🙂

    • I love that one too, Elle. It says so much. I can relate to what you’ve said about being impulsive. I’m that way at times too. I love how your direction goes with your aspiration for a reflective life. This month especially has reminded me that I’m a work in progress to. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the quote that inspired you the most.

  2. I especially like:

    “We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

    for it is a good reminder of the duality in the world and it’s meaning and purpose. (when it’s so easy to forget!)

    • So true, Debbie. I think we often automatically aim for a perfect life without the bumps. But that’s just not how life is and the bumps actually help us grow. Thanks for this important reminder.

  3. These are wonderful quotes, Sandra. I particularly like, “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” ― David G. Allen

    Patience is something I continually work on as well. From taking the time to allowing my dog to sniff along our walks to wanting things to be done on my timetable. These quotes are a great reminder to take a breath and relax. Things fall into place in due time.

    • That’s one of my favorites too, Cathy. The pace of modern life doesn’t really encourage patience, does it! I love your knowing that things falls into place in due time. That’s a good slogan for all of us.

  4. My own spiritual teacher told me years ago, “Be like water.” I love the quote about water… Patience is something that has developed with age and still stands to develop some more. Thanks for the reminder Sandra!

  5. These are a lovely reminder Sandra. #3 especially resonates with me – I thought Veronika Decides to Die was a very powerful book, it really stayed with me.

    • I’m glad, Ellen! I haven’t read this book or any of his work. Thanks for letting me know how meaningful it was for you. Sounds like a good read for me too!

  6. They are all GOLD! But lately I have been living # 20—-I am resolved to only get motivated (how do you like that word? :)) by REALLY big things in life. The little things I might momentarily feel something about, but I do catch myself and usually laugh at my response (reaction, really, because a response is a choice) and then choose to let it go. I am getting better at this because it is important for my peace and joy. When something big happens, I try to still stay calm and remember that I am not alone and I will be ok through it no matter what.

    • Jean, I find #20 is an especially profound one and an important instruction on living well. What inspires me the most is the way you recognize that the getting upset about the little intrusions lessens your own peace and joy. I love your commitment not to go there and your gentle determination to remain steadfast in a storm.

  7. All such important quotes, Sandra! I have a hard time being patient too, so this is a really good post for me to keep handy! Thanks!

  8. I appreciate all of these quotes Sandra!

    Your comment “when I’m ready to go, I want to go”, is where I saw myself in all my impatient glory 😉

    I became aware a few years ago that I was running to my own “A Type” internal clock that my husband and kids couldn’t possibly be upheld to. These days I sit and “wait” rather than pace the house, huff and puff and try and rush everyone out the door. It’s not easy though and I still find myself rushing the kids from time to time.

    I’m thrilled that patience is the topic of next month’s Joyful Wisdom Letter!

    • Oh gosh, Liz! I related to pacing, huffing, and puffing too. But far less now that I’ve consciously put my mind to it. I’m really exciting about patience as the topic for the upcoming Joyful Wisdom Letter. I have so much I want to share about it. Thanks for sharing your experience. It seems at a deep level it’s important to accept our tendencies while we also work toward changing them.

  9. This has been such a learning for me, Patience is not something that comes naturally to me. Through my healing journey I learned the value of patience and when I wasn’t patient I had a relapse!

    I know I am becoming more patient, I have several new reference points where I am conscious that i have new skills in this area. xxoo

    • Dear Suzie,

      It’s so good to hear that I’m not alone! I can imagine how your healing journey has taught you so much about this valuable quality. Isn’t it exciting when we see how we’ve changed. I’m so happy for you.

  10. Sandra,
    I love all the quotes here! Such a beautiful collection. Rumi’s ofcourse speaks to me most 🙂
    And yes, patience my dear is an acquired virtue. I’m honing mine everyday. Breathing while IN the impatient state helps me best.
    Lots of love,

    • Dear Zeenat,

      Rumi is amazing, of course! I love your little technique for honing your patient. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  11. Thanks Sandra for the wonderful quotes. I love #21. It helps me every time to remain calm and to persevere. Every time I feel like losing it I remember that quote and am back to been patient, calm and better able to persevere.

    • That’s really a good one, Rose! I’m glad it works so well for you and brings you patience and calm. It’s one I need to remember to as I tend to be overly sensitive and I would rather see things more humorously. Thanks for being here.

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